To think an Arsenal player feels the need to post the above on social media would have once been deemed ridiculous but that’s what AMN did yesterday. He wants to play football and if he were honest, I suspect he wants to play for Arsenal but it seems the chance of that happening on a regular basis are slim to none. What’s odd though is that if he does go to Everton by 11pm tonight, he’ll be used as a right-back according to Sky Sports. Both they and The Athletic suggest AMN wants to play at right-back and wants to be at The World Cup with England, challenging Walker for that spot. If true, then let him take that position at Arsenal because it makes sense.
Mikel Arteta needs to put his arm around AMN shoulder, tell him how important he is and draw a line under the past. Tell him that his “i” should have been an “I”.
Hector Bellerin is reportedly close to saying goodbye to Arsenal as a move to Real Betis is all but done according to the back pages. Good luck to him I say.
Willian has left the club by mutual consent. Credit where it’s due eh, this move didn’t work out for either party but instead of putting money before the game, he cancelled his contract and left, saving the club £20 million odd in wages.
Miguel Azeez has left the club too but only on loan with Portsmouth for a season. Give it a year of playing regular football and he’ll be a much improved and more experienced player too. Trouble is, these guys get used to playing each week and they get the bug. Seldom do they want to sit on the bench afterwards. Footballers who are in the game because they love it, just want to play and a lot of the time, they possibly don’t care who they play for.
Eddie Nketiah was all set to leave this summer it seemed with Palace his likely destination. Well, that seems to have changed as Patrick Vieira’s club have turned to someone else. What next for Eddie? Another year of warming the Arsenal bench unless things change in the next few hours or Arteta liked what he saw from him in pre-season.
It’s easy to suggest Nketiah and AMN aren’t the kind of players who’ll take Arsenal to the next level but aren’t they both of a similar profile to who the club have added to the squad this summer?
Also, what is the next level Arsenal are striving for? What are the expectations the board have of Mikel Arteta? Premier League survival, top four, top six or just top half of the table? What next level does Mikel Arteta honestly believe he can take us to I wonder. He talks a great game, most managers do but as yet, what plays out on the pitch is pretty grim. In fact we’re now worse than we were on the day Mikel took the job.
What happened to the doggedness Arsenal showed against Man City in the FA Cup semi final in 2019 and the win over Chelsea in the Final? We didn’t have Ben White, Sambi Lokonga, Thomas Partey etc then.
Holding Luiz Tierney
Bellerin Ceballos Xhaka Maitland-Niles
Pepe Lacazette Aubameyang
The substitutes that day, Sokratis, Nketiah and Kolasinac.
Barring Martinez, Luiz and Ceballos, all the players who started that Cup Final are still at the club.
Weren’t Arsenal supposed to build on that success? We’d managed to secure a spot into the Europa League only to get knocked out by an Unai Emery team in the semi-final after Mikel decided that lining up without an out an out striker in the team was a good idea. Then, after finishing 8th, there was no European football for Arsenal for the first time in years.
That’s not progress is it?
Replacing such a long standing manager as Arsene Wenger was, has proved to be more difficult than perhaps you/I thought but then Man Utd suffered similar fate when replacing Fergie. Moyes, Giggs, van Gaal, Mourhino and now Solskjaer. So by that reckoning, Arsenal have three more managers to try at least. I jest of course.
What’s important for any club is that the board identify when enough is enough. Arsenal’s board aren’t renowned for being quick off for mark when it comes to making decisions though. Arsene Wenger was allowed to drift along, probably because he always managed to get us into the Champions League and Unai Emery too was probably afforded too much time and now here we are again, wondering if it’s time for another change in manager. Some of us no doubt think it is. Lose on the 26th September and Mikel Arteta is going to wish the Emirates turf would open up and swallow him whole. Not even Unai Emery lost that fixture.
Headlines are going around which suggest Marc Overmars wants a return to his old club and he wants to replace Edu.
Perhaps he could bring the Ajax manager with him.
See you in the the comments.